JCAA Newsletter - October 2017
JCAA Newsletter

October 2017
Sportsperson of the Year Dinner - November 12
by Paul Turi, Co-Chairman
On Sunday, November 12th, 2017 we will be having our Sportsperson of the Year Dinner. Again, the dinner will be held at the beautiful Crystal Point Yacht Club in Pt. Pleasant from 4:00-8:00PM. Tickets this year are $75.00 per person and $650 for a table of 10. To reserve your tickets call Dan Miller at (609) 641-7821 or email Dan at blueangray@comcast.net. We are now accepting.....
New JCAA Fluke Tournament Director Position Open
The JCAA is seeking a person who will manage its JCAA Fluke Tournament in 2018. This person in this position will promote the tournament with press releases, interacting with tournament sponsors to obtain prizes and recognition in promotional materials, handle promotional mailings to anglers concerning the tournament, distribute promotional material to tackle shops and.....
23rd Annual JCAA Fluke Tournament Results and Port Prize Winners
JCAA Press Release, August 5th, 2017
The 23rd Annual JCAA Fluke Tournament took place on August 5th. Weather conditions were good for most areas of the state though there were storms during the morning in some areas and a hard NW wind in the afternoon. During much of the day though conditions were ideal for most areas and some outstanding catches were made. The Tournament had 252 boats competing in 9 ports. The 10.....
President's Report by John Toth
The winners and details of our 23rd JCAA Fluke Tournament held on August 5th are posted in this newsletter. What I want to focus on is the Awards Ceremony that was held at the Clarion Hotel on August 10th where the participants came to receive their prizes and have the opportunity to win not only more than 50 door prizes, but also the boat & motor (Grand Prize) donated by Yamaha.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
ASMFC Annual Meeting
The ASMFC Annual meeting will take place October 16-19 and I will report on it in the next JCAA Newspaper. I am also writing a response to the ASMFC response to the NJ summer flounder and black seabass situation and I will be sending this out as a JCAA Alert. JCAA is working with other groups to get people to the joint MAFMC & ASMFC Meeting December 12-14 in Annapolis.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
Newark Bait And Fly Casting Club
Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club will have a fishing outing for People with Disabilities at Lower Echo Lake in Mountainside, NJ on September 23, 2017 (rain date September 24). There is no charge for participants and their chaperones. Any person with a disability may register by contacting the Union County Dept. of Parks and Recreation at 908-527-4900. Participants MUST be......
What Can We Fish for and Tough Times for the For-Hire Fishing Boats
by John Toth
The fluke season closed on September 5th. The sea bass season opens October 22nd to December 31st. Only 1 (one) Blackfish can be kept now until November 14th. On November 15th, this limit jumps to 6 blackfish at 15 inches minimum. What are we going to fish for from September 6th through October 21st! To see this information in another way to better bring this point home.....
Time to Get Involved in Ocean Planning Processes
by Ken Warchal, Asbury Park Press, 8/21/2017
For many people, replacing sand on a beach hardly seems connected to catching fish in the water. Along New Jersey’s shoreline our towns need to replenish sand to keep our public beaches for recreational enjoyment and ensure that we have strong dunes to protect our coastal communities. But as residents and tourists dig their toes into the soft Jersey shore sand, few realize that the Army.....
Proposal to Sell Farm-Raised Striped Bass in New Jersey
by John Toth
Farm-raised fish is big business around the world as pressure on fish stocks increases due to more people turning to eat fish as a healthier food. A company, Pacifico Aquaculture, is interested in having farm-raised striped bass sold coming from New Jersey's waters. Scot Mackey, representing Garden State Seafood Assoc., arranged for representatives from Pacifico Aquaculture to make.....

Calendar of Events

September 26th - JCAA General Meeting
October 12th - JCAA Board Meeting
October 16th-19th - ASMFC Annual Meeting
October 31th - JCAA General Meeting
November 9th - JCAA Board Meeting
November 12th - JCAA Sportsperson Dinner
GoTo: Interactive Calendar of Events

Acronyms, Abbreviations & Technical Terms Used in Fisheries Management Documents

EEZ = Exclusive Economic Zone = Federal water from 3 to 200 nautical miles offshore. Fisheries in the EEZ are generally under federal Control

M = Natural mortality (M) - The instantaneous rate at which fish die from all causes other than harvest. This rate has traditionally included unmeasured bycatch mortality, but as research has documented bycatch, it is increasingly included in "F". Usually "M" is an assumption or estimate from maximum age data or the value used for other species with a similar life history strategy. Natural mortality can rarely be measured directly.

MRFSS = Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey

MSP = Maximum spawning potential = The estimated female spawning stock biomass or egg production in the absence of fishing. A percentage of this value (% MSP) can be used as a measure of the health of a stock.

MSY = Maximum sustainable yield = The largest catch, on average, which can be taken from a stock over time under existing environmental conditions without affecting the reproductive capacity of the stock.

MT = Metric Ton = 2,204.6 pounds

Recruit = An individual fish which has entered a defined group through growth,spawning, or migration, such as those fish above minimum legal size ( fishable stock) or which are sexually mature ( spawning stock).

Recruitment = A measure of weight or number of fish which enter a defined portion of a stock, such as fishable stock or the spawning stock.

SPR = Spawning potential ratio = SPR compares the spawning ability of a stock in the fished condition to the stock’s spawning ability in the unfished condition

SSB = Spawning stock biomass = total weight of fish which are sexually mature; generally pertaining only to females

TAC = Total allowable catch

Threshold = that point where the fishery is regarded as overfished

Target Values = that value or below which allows the fishery to be self sustaining

Biomass = The total weight of a stock of fish or of a defined subunit of a stock, such as spawning females (SSB)

Bycatch = That portion of a catch taken incidentally to the targeted catch because of non-selectivity of fishing gear to either species or size differences. Some by catch may be retained, but most is usually discarded

CPUE = C/E = The catch taken by a given amount of fishing gear during a given period of time. Over time, CPUE data often provides an indication of trends in abundance in a fish stock

Coastal Pelagic = Fish that migrate along the coast, generally near shore, and live in the water column rather than in association with the bottom.

Demersal = Refers to organisms which live at or near the bottom, but not in (Benthic) the bottom

Estuary = A coastal area landward of the ocean beach where freshwater and saltwater mix. Estuaries are among the most biologically productive and environmentally sensitive habitats.

ITQ = Individual transferable quota + A form of controlled access in which individual persons or vessels receive a property right to a share or specific allocation of the total expected harvest of fish which they can buy, sell, lease, etc.

Mortality rate = the rate at which fish die. Mortality can be expressed as annual percentages or instantaneous rates (the fraction of the stock which dies within each small amount of time). Fishery scientists utilize several different types of mortality to evaluate status of fish stocks, and some serve as biological reference points (Instantaneous rates are used in most stock assessments)

A = Annual mortality = the percentage of a fish stock which dies from all causes during a year.

Fishing mortality (F) = A measurement of the rate of removal of fish from a population by fishing. Fishing mortality can be reported as either annual or instantaneous. Annual mortality is the percentage of fish dying in one year. Instantaneous is that percentage of fish dying at ny one time. The acceptable rates of fishing mortality may vary from species to species. There are several kinds of fishing mortality rates; some of the more common include the following:

F max = The rate of fishing mortality which maximizes the weight taken from a single cohort* over its entire life. (* a group of fish spawned during a given period, usually in a single year)

F msy = The rate of fishing mortality, which maximizes the weight of the harvest within a year.

F 0,1 = The rate of fishing mortality at which an increase in catch for a given increase in effort is only 10% of what it would be from an unfished stock.

Z = Total instantaneous mortality = The sum of fishing F and natural mortality M